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Quartz Fire

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PO Box 128 West Glacier Montana 59936 
West Glacier, 
PO Box 128 West Glacier Montana 59936 
West Glacier, 

Incident Contacts

Gina Kerzman
Phone: 406-888-5838
Media and General Inquiries
Phone: 406-206-5272
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Cyclone Lookout detected the Quartz Fire in Glacier National Park on August 14. The fire is located west of the Continental Divide in the Quartz Creek drainage below Vulture Peak. The fire is burning in steep terrain in subalpine fir and brush south of Quartz Lake. 

Since the fire was detected, it has grown to over 1900 acres. Much of that growth occurred August 17th through 19th. The fire received over ¾” of rain the week of August 22, which limited fire activity and growth. 

Fire behavior increased September 7th with the passage of a strong cold front, with uphill runs and group tree torching. Conditions abated on September 8th with cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels. 

Aerial observations of the fire show a mixed severity burn pattern, meaning that areas within the fire perimeter burned at different intensities. The Quartz Fire so far has resulted in some understory burning in less intense areas, and other areas with a higher burn intensity where most of the mature trees were burned.  

The arrival of seasonal fall conditions has kept fire activity minimal, and no change is expected until snow cover extinguishes the last few smokes. Glacier National Park Fire Staff will continue to monitor weather and fire behavior until the fires are declared out. 

This will be the last update unless significant activity occurs.

Basic Information
Current as of Mon, 10/03/2022 - 08:31
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin
Location Quartz Lake drainage; North Fork Flathead River
Incident Commander Unit Duty Officer
Coordinates 48° 51' 16'' Latitude
-114° 1'
'' Longitude
Current Situation
Total Personnel: 1
Size 1,981 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 0%
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)

Planned Actions

Continue to evaluate fire spread and values at risk.